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‘China will be biggest loser under protectionist Trump’

Customs agency official says export growth by world’s largest trading nation will be limited if US president-elect imposes greater trade measures Reuters Asia Times US president-elect Donald Trump may limit the growth of China’s exports by imposing greater trade protectionist measures, the mainland customs agency said on Friday. China is the biggest loser in… ‘China will be biggest loser… Read More »

The slave trade made Scotland rich. Now we must pay our blood-soaked debts

The Caribbean countries that our forefathers so ruthlessly exploited are asking for financial reparations. Let’s not deepen our shame by refusing them The Guardian At the turn of the year, after the giving, receiving and splurging are over, eyes turn wearily to outstanding bills, upcoming liabilities and the settling of accounts. This year, thanks to… The slave trade made… Read More »

Bangladeshi proposal on child marriage is step backwards

If parliament approves changes to a law to allow girls below 18 to be wed in ‘special cases’, this is an alarming move says global alliance Reuters Asia Times Bangladesh will be taking a step backwards in efforts to end child marriage if parliament approves changes to a law which would permit girls below 18 to be married in “special cases,” a global alliance of charities said on Thursday. The poor South Asian nation has… Bangladeshi proposal on child… Read More »

China expert: Tillerson’s plan for the South China Sea would ‘certainly end up in a shooting war with China’

President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, made waves internationally on Thursday by suggesting that the US should “send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and… Alex Lockie Business Insider (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Suggesting China stop its building of artificial islands and… China expert: Tillerson’s… Read More »

In China, State Media Blast Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Islands

After President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state made strong statements about China’s actions in the South China Sea, Chinese officials have responded with muted, measured statements — while state-run media have warned of the… Camila Domonoske npr Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO nominated to lead the… In China, State… Read More »

Trump officials might be expecting E.U. to fall apart this year, U.S. envoy says

BRUSSELS — President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team may be expecting the European Union to fall apart this year, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the 28-nation bloc said Friday, saying that the incoming U.S. administration may add to the burdens of an… Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post Trump officials risk “lunacy” if they choose to support the… Trump officials might… Read More »

Tim Barrow, invisible ambassador

Britain’s new envoy to the European Union kept a low profile as ambassador to Russia. Marc Bennetts Politico MOSCOW — “Tim who?” That was the reaction of… Tim Barrow, invisible… Read More »

To stage a comeback, Renzi returns to his roots

The former Italian prime minister says he has ‘no parachute,’ but is starting again from the bottom. David Allegranti Politico PONTASSIEVE, Italy — Matteo Renzi’s reappearance in Pontassieve, the town just east of Florence where his family lives, has caused a stir among residents akin to a Martian sighting. Locals snapped shots of the… To stage a comeback, Renzi… Read More »

Trump’s man Tillerson stays blunt as hearing turns tasty

Washington: – Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson called U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the presidential election “troubling” on Wednesday but said he has not yet seen classified information about allegations that Russia intended to… Ed O’Keefe and Anne Gearan The Age The Washington Post Tillerson, the former top executive at ExxonMobil, also declined to… Trump’s man Tillerson… Read More »

Like it or not, State must help UK get good deal on Brexit

Empathy with our largest trading partner does not mean antipathy to the EU John McGrane The Irish Times Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan rightly points out that Brexit may present Ireland with the chance to seize the next phase in our development and maturity as a… Like it or… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… Read More »